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Associate Sourcing Manager, NPI in Kalamazoo, MI at Stryker Corporation

Date Posted: 5/17/2019

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Job Description

Seeking a passionate leader of self, people & process, and organization with the following attributes:

*Motivated product launchers. People who bring strategic direction and drive for execution to ensure products are developed and launched with precision.

*Strategic thinkers. People who enjoy analyzing data or trends for the purposes of planning, forecasting, advising, budgeting, reporting, or sales opportunities.

*Collaborative partners. People who build and leverage cross-functional relationships to bring together ideas, data and insights to drive continuous improvement in functions.

*Business-oriented evaluators. People who effectively interpret information to demonstrate the effects of business initiatives, regulation and industry trends for sales, management and leadership teams.

Position profile:

This is a highly specialized individual contributor role that requires deep expertise from a professional / technical thought leader in their respective field or discipline. 

Responsibilities and duties:

The Sourcing Manager will lead the development and implementation of strategic sourcing activities in assigned suppliers and/or commodities with the goal of obtaining the best quality, service, and value for products and services through effective bidding, negotiation, and supplier management. 

The Sourcing Manager will be responsible for coordinating sourcing needs for new product development projects, including completion of supplier selection with agreement to Global Sourcing Strategy, regularly reporting material costs, managing schedules, and defining final material logistics.  Acts as liaison for all sourcing activities to Design and Advanced Operations teams.

Additional responsibilities of the Sourcing Manager include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Ensure project teams adhere to strategic direction of Global Sourcing and purchasing controls requirements related to design projects
  • Leverage improvements to project timelines from experience w/ key suppliers and project teams
  • Preliminary influence on key project team members to inspire quicker overall deliverables for projects
  • Negotiate supplier cost reductions and NRE reductions in conjunction w/ commodities teams when cost increases experienced
  • Drives key efficiencies w/ suppliers and communication tools support faster & more product launches
  • Identify process improvements to either supplier or Stryker processes to drive better speed to market, quality and long term delivery
  • May support more projects or projects that expand across multiple business units
  • Builds engaging relationship with variety of R&D engineering teams
  • Builds relationships within Operations by becoming a value-added and sought after resource
  • Builds relationships across Global Sourcing Group
  • Lead sourcing analysis and selection process and perform cost analyses and make versus buy analyses as required
  • Identify supply base risk and develop/implement mitigation plans for new products.

Experience/skills required:

  • A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Business, Operations Management, Supply Chain Management or similar is required for this role.  A Master’s Degree or Certified Purchasing Manager (CPM) is preferred, but not required.

Ideal candidates will also possess the following skills/experiences:

  • A minimum of 7 years of experience in strategic sourcing and supplier development
  • Ability to negotiate effectively to obtain best prices and terms on products, materials, and services
  • Knowledge and application of supplier contract strategy, negotiations, contractual terms and contract administration
  • Working knowledge of ISO13485 standards and requirements preferred. Supplier Audit experience in quality system standards: FDA QSR, ISO13485 and ISO9001 preferred
  • Project Management experience and solid understanding of project management tools preferred
  • Manufacturing management, manufacturing engineering, buying, production planning or new product development experience is preferred
  • Medical Device, Pharmaceutical or other highly regulated industry experience is highly preferred (e.g.: aerospace, automotive)
  • Demonstrated knowledge of new product development process
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple priorities in a fast paced environment
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate difficult concepts to all levels of the organization
  • Knowledge of continuous improvement methodologies & cost reduction methodologies
  • Strong skills in leadership, influencing, communication & presentation, troubleshooting & problem solving, analysis, strategic thinking, and collaborative team building
  • Strong judgment with the ability to make and communicate timely and sound decisions
  • International sourcing and supplier management experience preferred      

Work From Home: No

Travel Percentage: Up to 25%

Stryker Corporation is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. Stryker is an EO employer – M/F/Veteran/Disability.

Stryker Corporation will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information.

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